Rowland’s wonderful hymn tune has stood the test of time to remain one of the nation’s favourites. It has been expertly arranged by Ian McKnight to suite any occasion, yet retaining its subtle delicacy and underlying emotion.
A talented church musician, Rowlands reputedly composed a large number of hymn tunes and anthems yet it is just this tune alone, Blaenwern, written in the early part of the 1900s that he is known for today. Commonly used as a setting for the hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, it is one of the most popular choices for hymns selected for weddings and featured at number 5 in the BBC Songs of Praise “Top 10 Hymns of All Time”. It was chosen for the wedding of HRH Pricde William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.